Saturday, July 22, 2017

Random Photo: Rabbit at Rest

The rabbits are running rampant these days...





Friday, July 21, 2017

Skywatch Friday 201

June 14, 2017:






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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Teaser Tuesday 370: Incriminating Passion

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by The Purple Booker. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

* Grab your current book or recent read.
* Share a few "teaser" sentences from somewhere in the book.
* BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (Make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away. You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
* Share the title and author so that other participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teaser!



This week's teaser is from an older romantic suspense by Ann Voss Peterson, Incriminating Passion, which is set locally in Madison, WI.



Andrea braced herself and prayed. The Lexus flew over the edge, weightless for a moment. Then gravity dragged her down to the black water below.

(Chapter One)








ABOUT THE BOOK:

DEFENDING THE INNOCENT

Someone was trying to kill Andrea Kirkland. And with good reason. For she was the only witness to a murder. A murder her mind refused to recall. A murder assistant D.A. John Cohen needed her to remember so that she could testify and put an end to the threats, the danger. Until then, John felt duty bound to protect her. Just until the murderer was found, he told himself. After all, she was his key witness. But once the passion exploded between them, the rugged D.A. came to realize that his key witness had come to mean so much more . . .




Saturday, July 15, 2017

Friday, July 14, 2017

Skywatch Friday 200





From June 09, 2017


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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Wordless Wednesday 272: Daisies
















From June 09, 2017



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Wordless Wednesday





Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Teaser Tuesday 369: A Room With a View

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by The Purple Booker. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

* Grab your current book or recent read.
* Share a few "teaser" sentences from somewhere in the book.
* BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (Make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away. You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
* Share the title and author so that other participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teaser!



For this week, I have a short classic read for you: A Room With a View by E.M. Forster.


At the same moment the ground gave way, and with a cry she fell out of the wood. Light and beauty enveloped her. She had fallen on to a little open terrace, which was covered with violets from end to end. . . . George had turned at the sound of her arrival. For a moment he contemplated her, as one who had fallen out of heaven. He saw radiant joy in her face, he saw the flowers beat against her dress in blue waves. The bushes above them closed. He stepped forward and kissed her.

(Chapter 6)



ABOUT THE BOOK:

This Edwardian social comedy explores love and prim propriety among an eccentric cast of characters assembled in an Italian pensione and in a corner of Surrey, England.

A charming young English woman, Lucy Honeychurch, faints into the arms of a fellow Britisher when she witnesses a murder in a Florentine piazza. Attracted to this man, George Emerson—who is entirely unsuitable and whose father just may be a Socialist—Lucy is soon at war with the snobbery of her class and her own conflicting desires. Back in England she is courted by a more acceptable, if stifling, suitor, and soon realizes she must make a startling decision that will decide the course of her future: she is forced to choose between convention and passion.

The enduring delight of this tale of romantic intrigue is rooted in Forster's colorful characters, including outrageous spinsters, pompous clergymen and outspoken patriots. Written in 1908, A Room With A View is one of E.M. Forster's earliest and most celebrated works.




Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Teaser Tuesday 368: The Pearl

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by The Purple Booker. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

* Grab your current book or recent read.
* Share a few "teaser" sentences from somewhere in the book.
* BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (Make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away. You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
* Share the title and author so that other participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teaser!



This week's teaser comes from a short classic novel by John Steinbeck called The Pearl.



Kino moved to the next hummock, and then, beside it, under a little overhang, he saw a very large oyster lying by itself, not covered with its clinging brothers. The shell was partly open, for the overhang protected this ancient oyster, and in the lip-like muscle Kino saw a ghostly gleam, and then the shell closed down.

(Chapter 2)




ABOUT THE BOOK:

From the author of Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck's The Pearl is a flawless parable based on an old Mexican folk tale about wealth and the evil it can bring.

When Kino, an Indian pearl-diver, finds 'the Pearl of the world' he believes that his life will be magically transformed. He will marry Juana in church and their little boy, Coyotito, will be able to attend school. Obsessed by his dreams, Kino is blind to the greed, fear and even violence the pearl arouses in him and his neighbours. Written with haunting simplicity and lyrical simplicity, The Pearl sets the values of the civilized world against those of the primitive and finds them tragically inadequate.

Today, nearly forty years after his death, Nobel Prize winner John Steinbeck remains one of America's greatest writers and cultural figures.



Sunday, July 02, 2017

Friday, June 30, 2017

Skywatch Friday 199

Saturday evening (June 24) as I made my way home for work, I hoped the rain would hold off until I got home. Of course it didn't. But, while I did get wet walking home from the bus stop, I was not soaked as I would have been a mere ten minutes later. About an hour after that round we had another, lighter shower come through and this time we were rewarded. I happened to glance out my front window to see this:




Naturally I had to grab the camera and run outside. Unfortunately, due to all the trees and buildings, and being at the foot of a hill, I wasn't able to capture the entire span, but here are more of the pics I was able to get before this huge double rainbow disappeared.


















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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Teaser Tuesday 367: Needled to Death

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by The Purple Booker. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

* Grab your current book or recent read.
* Share a few "teaser" sentences from somewhere in the book.
* BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (Make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away. You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
* Share the title and author so that other participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teaser!



This week’s teaser is from Needled to Death by Maggie Sefton.



When she skirted around the rust-colored leather sofa, however, Kelly came to an abrupt halt. Vickie lay on the floor, her dark hair spread out on the hand-woven rug in stark contrast to her pale face.

(Chapter two)







ABOUT THE BOOK:
Series: Knitting Mystery #2

Now that she’s been knitting up a storm with the help of her new friends at House of Lambspun, Kelly Flynn can’t imagine ever leaving Fort Connor, Colorado. But there’s trouble in her adopted hometown—and not just with her new sweater project.

When Kelly volunteers to take a troop of tourists to visit Vickie Claymore’s alpaca farm, she discovers Fort Connor isn’t as sedate as it seems. Instead of a warm welcome, they find Vickie splayed out on her original hand-woven rug, her blood seeping into the design . . .

The police jump on the case, but Kelly can’t resist doing a little investigative work of her won—even if it means taking a break from the sweater she’s been knitting in the round. Because a murderer is lurking in Fort Connor—waiting for the right moment to strike again . . .





Friday, June 23, 2017

Skywatch Friday 198



Storm front moving in * May 23, 2017


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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Teaser Tuesday 366: Into the Fire

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by The Purple Booker. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

* Grab your current book or recent read.
* Share a few "teaser" sentences from somewhere in the book.
* BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (Make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away. You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
* Share the title and author so that other participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teaser!



This week’s teaser comes from the latest release by Jeaniene Frost, Into the Fire.



I knew that smile. It meant someone was about to die.

(Chapter one)











ABOUT THE BOOK:
Series: Night Prince #4

In the explosive finale to New York Times bestselling author Jeaniene Frost’s Night Prince series, Vlad is in danger of losing his bride to an enemy whose powers might prove greater than the Prince of Vampire’s….

In the wrong hands, love can be a deadly weapon.

For nearly six hundred years, Vlad Tepesh cared for nothing, so he had nothing to lose. His brutal reputation ensured that all but the most foolhardy stayed away. Now falling in love with Leila has put him at the mercy of his passions. And one adversary has found a devastating way to use Vlad’s new bride against him.

A powerful spell links Leila to the necromancer Mircea. If he suffers or dies, so does she. Magic is forbidden to vampires, so Vlad and Leila enlist an unlikely guide as they search for a way to break the spell. But an ancient enemy lies in wait, capable of turning Vlad and Leila’s closest friends against them…and finally tearing the lovers apart forever.





Sunday, June 18, 2017

Random Photo: Seeing Red

Red Weigela